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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Life Is but a Dream: 1941

Life Is but a Dream: 1941

February 1941. Singing and music for agricultural workers' children in a new day nursery for the Okeechobee migratory labor camp at Belle Glade, Florida. Medium-format safety negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Precious faces

There are so many precious little faces in this! I did a search on the Okeechobee migratory camp and found another picture of what I think are the same children, taken the same day. In that one, the children are having nap time. I believe the little girl looking at the camera is the same one who looks like the most enthusiastic singer in this one. Perhaps she ended up on the stage or screen!

[The primary repository for these photos by Marion Wolcott is the Library of Congress. Many more can be seen here at the LOC website. - Dave]

Life Is but a Dream

I was at my son's pre-K Christmas pageant rehearsal yesterday. The scene and faces weren't that different. Wonderful photo ...

 
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